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Cancel Culture, Cancel Thyself

(Cancel culture, political correctness, change your art.)

American Frightfest Thought (SPOILER ALERT): It really would have been the cherry on top had they made the so-called Monster the older, perennially abusive brother of the younger, self-proclaimed Wrong Monster. Because then, I could have been like, WHOA, because I would have been projecting my own horrible abusive dysfunctional sibling relationship with a bona fide Monster onto their relationship, and found the film extremely profound. Because it’s all about ME, after all, isn’t it?

Just Don't Look, say the censor-y pearl clutchersBecause that’s what we’re all doing these days, right? Insisting works of creativity be re-written to suit our own particular tastes and sensibilities and jibe with our own interior narratives, or cancel culture kicks in? Because we don’t want stories that challenge us to look at things in a different way but instead we just want those that mirror the same old worldviews and beliefs we’ve always held, yeah? I mean, shouldn’t they have just changed the series finale of Game of Thrones because it didn’t end the way people thought or wanted it to do so?

A RESOUNDING FUCK NO.

ART IS NOT A DEMOCRACY. (Disclosure: On the matter of whether Game of Thrones is Art: I can’t weigh in. I’ve no information, having never watched it.)

Anyway. Lemme grab my dramatic effect capital letter shit back. Hang on.

ART IS NOT A DAMN DEMOCRACY.

You don’t get to fucking vote on what the end of a TV series is going to be, unless for some reason that is the gimmick of the series, in which case, what a shitty series that is, and anyone watching that crap kinda deserves whatever they get dished up.

So. A week or two ago, Joaquin Phoenix was doing a press junket for JOKER and a reporter asked something to the effect of, do you feel badly about making a movie such as ‘this’, are you concerned that people will imitate this character’s (SPOILER ALERT {really? I mean, come on, it’s the fucking JOKER}) ‘bad behavior’?

I’m not sure what his answer to this was, but this question pisses me off.

I saw this movie once about a giant shark that stalked people and then ate them. But you know what? Unbelievably, I never swam around in the ocean stalking people and then eating them because I saw this movie! In fact, I never even did it at all!

Dogs in SpaceMore realistically, I saw SID AND NANCY and DOGS IN SPACE and neither of those films ever made me shoot up heroin. I saw CLOCKWORK ORANGE and FUNNY GAMES and yet not once have I invaded a family home and raped anyone OR worn all white. I saw the second A STAR IS BORN and I NEVER ONCE wanted to see the first one, third one, or most recent one. What I’m saying is, not everyone is a hypnotized zombie when it comes to cinema. In fact, dare I say the majority are not.

The whole idea that now we must SANITIZE MEDIA when we do not even hold the commander in thief to that same sanitized standard is ludicrous.

I think Joaquin should have told the reporter that he was more concerned that needless wars over things like oil and land might inspire people to be violent, and that he saw that as possibly being a slightly larger problem than films, because you must pay to see a film, while war is free and can impact you whether you choose it or not. Perhaps address the leaders and the very military industrial complex itself, Random Reporter Lady who failed Relevant Interrogatories 101, before questioning the ethics of a performer in a work of commercial entertainment.

Or, continue to be a moron. There’s that option, too.

AND.

The people – mostly Twitter users, it appears – who comprise the Cancel Culture, you know,  I really have empathy for them, I do. I know that at their level of wokeness, it has to be difficult to be so gosh-darned hard on people, caring about social justice and all. And too, it must be DOUBLY difficult for them. Think of it – to have to publicly acknowledge that the problematic person they are cancelling is more talented than them, that must be a bitter pill to swallow. Cause generally speaking, talented people spend their time utilizing their talents and creating things, not destroying them. They don’t spend their time on the internet bitching people out. It takes many characteristics to facilitate membership proper in a net.mob, but talent is not one of them. Net.mobs take anyone (no qualifications or previous experience required *** Do you like a Rock and Roll atmosphere? Leads Provided! Start immediately! *** ).

bell hooks quote

When it comes to mobs, what is the difference between carrying tiki torches and  carrying Frankenstein torches really? Is there truly a difference at all? Because I don’t see one. They both appear to be a bunch of people wielding way too much fire and all sharing one very precariously-poised-in-useful-reality brain when clearly they – and the rest of us – would be much better off with the benefit of many, many brains of a more practical and community-oriented nature.

I don’t know what the answers are. But shutting everyone up by cancelling them en masse? I don’t think that cancel culture is the answer at all. In fact, I KNOW it’s not. The truth is the truth, whether it scares you or not. It’s better to know than to not know if someone is dangerous, or hateful, or misogynist, or whatever the fuck they are. But also, it’s kind of gross to completely ostracize people from everything before all the facts are in, or for “offenses” like saying something jack-assed and ignorant 10 years ago. We need to allow people to grow.

Now if someone is running around raping puppies or what-have-you? Cancel away, have at it. Have a cancel party and play that cool drinking game, The Devil’s Triangle.

I LIKE BEERYou know, just ONE of those senators could have said, “Oh, a drinking game. Can you tell me how that’s played, exactly? How did you and your friends play that?” But no. NO ONE WAS CURIOUS WHAT HE WOULD HAVE SAID TO THAT? And NONE of those senators EVER heard of a real Devil’s Triangle? REALLY?

I wonder if it is cold and moist UNDER THEIR ROCKS.

Anyway.

That’s it. That’s the rant.

 

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Boo Hoo Who? A Rant

Oh noes!

A cop on Twitter called me a pothead for defending Michael Brown, a man that THE POLICE shot and killed! Which is like the OPPOSITE of protecting and serving, as it turns out! Imagine THAT!

But hey – while we’re talking about KILLING PEOPLE – Nice way to cut funding for Meals on Wheels, Narcissist in Chief. Meals on Wheels is, for a large majority of recipients, the ONLY MEAL THEY GET ALL DAY. I just cried my eyes out over this, but apparently people exist who don’t give a fuck about this issue, and a LOT of them have a say in this happening. And that is really gross. And very heartbreaking.

There is a war on the poor going on. The working poor are set to lose Medicaid expansion if this healthcare “act” goes through (OK see, THERE is a use of quotes – quotes around something are not IMAGINARY, suddenly retroactively APPEARING when you CONVENIENTLY NEED THEM). People whose lives were literally saved by Obamacare are going to be losing their coverage. I mean, if you want them to pay all the taxes that you are cutting for the rich, you need to keep them healthy, don’t you?

How many in-network visits does it take to fund a new grenade? How many Meals on Wheels does it take to pay for a $500 government hammer?

Say what you want about me. That changes zero facts, and I give zero fucks. A personal attack proves nothing except that any other opinion you may hold is just as spurious because it lives in there with this idea that personal attacks somehow have merit. It’s foolish and juvenile and in the grand scheme of things I really do not care.

What I care about is my fellow Americans who are going to suffer because of these ridiculous, classist policies. I care about elderly people going without food. Also? I care about cops shooting first and asking questions later.

While I’m ranting: is the GOP really so privileged and out of touch that they don’t know that just having a savings account for your healthcare bills is not enough? That it actually needs MONEY IN IT? Where does the money come from? It’s not like someone working under the federal poverty line can like, fire the maid  or something to make extra room in the budget for their HSA contributions. This Marie Antoinette routine is getting old and wearing thin. Of course, that assumes that it’s just ignorance and not actual out-and-out EVIL afoot here. Maybe they DO know and they. Just. Don’t. Care.

For the record? There are a lot of potheads who work in very difficult fields and potheads who are very educated and erudite, and potheads who are very successful. Potheads who create Art and potheads who in one way or another enrich the lives of the people around them.

And then, there are also drug-free self-important dickheads who insult people they disagree with instead of making valid, epistemologically sound points.

It’s all a rich fucking tapestry, innit?

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Flipboard Follies

Today on Flipboard there was an article entitled “Why Congress Ignores The Poor: They Don’t Vote.” While technically this isn’t entirely true – I am poor and I’m politically active, and vote in every election – it certainly served to bring out a little ignorance in the peanut gallery of commenters.

One such Rhodes Scholar wrote “Why are they poor? Why don’t they just get better jobs?”

The jokes. They write themselves. Where do I even begin with this? And do I even bother?

I mean, that’s the thing. I don’t even post a blog entry most days, because observation-wise, it all just seems so bloody obvious to me that I think, isn’t it redundant to say something about _____ issue? I mean, can’t we all see that this or that emperor is butt-nekkid? Yet I’m always surprised when the answer is “No”. Apparently, not everyone can. I’m all, Surely you’re fucking with me.

Are you indeed fucking with me?

Please say you’re fucking with me. Not You you, but someone you.

But no, some people really have this “Let them eat cake” simplistic, moronic viewpoint. They can’t see past their own shoes. The mind boggles (and Yahtzees too). And I mean, how, anyway, would you put the whole of Economic Theory into one easily digestible sentence for someone asking “Why don’t they just get better jobs?” How the hell do you LCD an entire socio-economic system full of millions of people and laden with complex layers? You can’t “Because hashtag!” that.

I mean, if you can, sure, I’ll buy a ticket. But accuracy and spelling count. And it better have all the nuance of a Hemingway six word short story (as well as its own shady backstory), or I will take my toys and go home.

Someone out there actually thinks that it is as simple as oh, go get a better job. You’re poor because you don’t want to get a better job. You’re poor because you willfully want to be poor. To someone on the struggle these are fighting words. To someone with half a brain these words are troubling because this person is probably going to have children at some point and perpetuate this kind of idiocy.

There are so many reasons for poverty. I’m not even going to go into them because I believe if you are here reading this, you are an intelligent person who already understands the issue and doesn’t need your hand held through this post. I’m not going to insult you. You’re likely smarter than I am. So you get where I’m coming from. I must be naive as hell that this perspective still shocks me. But it does.

So that’s my Flipboard rant for the moment. Oh, don’t worry. There will be more, I’m sure. In between the navel-gazing existential angst and feline behavioral reportage, there will be more of my wildly fluctuating and wholly subjective opinion of my fellow man as seen through the microcosmic oculus that is Flipboard.

But right now Milhouse is mewing at me and I gotta find out what he wants cause I’m his bitch and all.

One last thing, though. The post probably makes me a total asshole, because it’s not like I’m some delicate genius or something. What I am, however, is poor and pissed off about this comment. I guess in the time it took to write this post, I could have GOTTEN A BETTER JOB.

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